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Misplaced Priorities: Transportation
Posted by Randy | September 29, 2009


If you’re sitting in traffic at the I-295 Meadowville Road Interchange, or if you’re wondering when the Kings Highway Bridge is going to be rebuilt, if you’re concerned about emergency evacuations on Route 460, or if you’re bumper-to-bumper on Dominion Boulevard – consider the following: 

 

    --This week, Virginia stands to lose about $229 million in transportation funding through a provision that rescinds $8.7 billion in contracts from the federal highway program on the last day of the fiscal year (Sept 30).

 

    --A tiny car company in Finland has just gotten a $529 million loan from the U.S. government to build $89,000 hybrid luxury sports cars. 

 

What’s wrong with this picture? How can our federal government justify funding $89,000 hybrid sports cars in Finland, when basic transportation projects in our own backyards are being left unfunded? This type of federal government “logic” doesn’t make sense to Americans. In fact, this type of “logic” is why Americans are so frustrated with government spending.

 

We need an overhaul to eliminate waste, fraud, and abuse in federal departments and agencies, and to put government back in the business of governing, not spending.

 

Here are more details on how I’m working for fiscal responsibility in government.

 

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  • Carl Dozier commented on 9/29/2009
    What to expect from the cabal in DC; Reed, Durbin, Dodd, Kerry, Schumer, Pelosie, Murtha, and Frank but more FRAUD, WASTE and ABUSE of OUR tax dollars to go to the likes of Gore and his cronnies spouting the Gobal Warming hoax!!!
  • Andrew Schwartz commented on 9/30/2009
    Will the government run a health care public option like they do the US and Interstate Highway system, stripping states of funds for federal programs? // Perhaps a better question is, will they run the US and Interstate Highway system like they would the health care public option? Will we be forced to drive on US or Interstate Highways at risk of imprisonment? Congress would force us purchase goods or services (health insurance) regardless of our individual priorities, stripping us of liberty and property for their own agenda. (I thought that's why we became independent from England.)
  • RUSTY CLARKE commented on 10/3/2009
    RANDY HEALTH CARE ISANT ROCKET SINENCE .....IN WE WOULD GO TO A FLAT TAX FOR EVERYONE CLOSED UP ALL THE LOOP HOLES ALL OF US COULD AFORD HEALTH ...I DONT WANT GOV. MESSING WITH ...I DRIVE A BIG RIG FOR FOOD LION ...FOR OVER 20 YEARS ....EVER SINCE THE DEMACRATE RAT PAC.TOOK OVER HERE IN VA. THE ROADS HAVE TURNED INTO ONE BIG POT WHOLE ....LOL.....THE SAME BUNCH RUNNING HEALTH CARE HELL NO ...RANDY I HAVE BENN IVOLVED IN THE RNC. A LONG TIME ...I WAS THE ONE WHO GOT YOUR OFFICE TO LET YOU COME AND VISIT OUR DC. IN DISPUTANTA VA.YEARS BACK ....PLEASE COME BACK AND VISIT AGIN.....LOL ..I ALMOST GOT CHOUGHT PUTTING FORBS / GILLMORE/ALLEN ..BUMPER STICKERS ALL FOOD LOINS TRAILERS AND TRACTORS ...LOL ....I LOVED IT WE WON BIG THAT YEAR TOO ......HERO ...IT BAD OUT HERE RT. NOW WE ARE BARELY GETTING 30 HRS . A WEEK ....I DONT HAVE TAXES COMMING OUT OF MY PAY JUST SO I CAN KEEP MY HOME .....I WILL SELL 2006 FORD 500 TO PAY IRS AN STATE ....THE NEXT YEAR ....THE CAMPER .....NEED A NICE CAR RANDY .....I TRUST JESUS WE WILL MAKE I HOPE ....YOU AND FAMILY ARE IN MY PRAYERS .....RUSTY CLARKE ....KEEP ON TRUCKIN BUDDY ...GOD BLESS ....COME SEE US ....K
  • Philip Wood commented on 10/3/2009
    We need to start cutting the purse strings to Washington. Our State should start learning how to live without money from Washington. We should not be living on the dole from Washington. Money from Washington always comes with strings attached. Virginia should start now to learn to live with in its means, like I have to. If we provided for ourselves, stopped looking to Washington for money, and demanded they stay out of our business, we would be better off and would not be concerned with losing money that really does not belong to us anyway. Money given to Americans from Washington is one way Washington uses to control us and take our Freedoms from us. It is time for this to stop.
  • Barry Cheatham commented on 10/5/2009
    From what I have understood to make this even worse of just giving money for an expensive yet fuel efficient sports car in a foreign land and not doing one dad blame thing for our economy is that AL GORE is also an investor in the company. When will we ever quit paying off this crook!!
  • Francis Curran commented on 11/18/2009
    I respectfully disagree. Congressman Forbes' comments and opinions omit the fact that these are two different budgets. While I agree our transportation system could use numerous repairs, I also agree in funding research and developement of products that will prolong the use of our transportation system , and at a cheaper cost to the consumer. The bill that loaned $529 million to help a Finish company to produce hybrid cars was part of a $25 billion bill, of which domestic companies like Ford and Tesla ,as well as Nissan who has a great domestic interest, received $8 billion. The purpose of the bill, if I read the article correctly, was to develop higher mile per-gallon vehicles, perhaps even as high as 100mpg, which, in turn, reduce the operational costs of our vehicles. Please remember the almost $4 a gallon gas prices last summer. Furthermore, this hybrid technology/lower gas consumption will, in turn, allow us to live in a cleaner environment with fewer cancer and asthma causing contaminates (thereby lowering our national health care costs). It pains me to say that the U.S. does not have a monopoly on the best engineers; therefore, it is logical to invest in a company, in a foreign country, that develops progressive technologies that we may wish to purchase. I think in the context of Forbes' comment, the taxpayer may think that $529 million, a half billion dollars, is a lot of money. However, in comparison, Ford Motor Company spent $1 billion in the mid 1980s to give us the first generation Ford Taurus. We also currently spend $1 billion on each B2 bomber for the purpose of national defense. As an alternate argument, perhaps if we had more fuel-efficient cars, we would be satiated from our domestic oil supplies, thereby showing the practicality of our Finnish investment to develop more technologies that would fiscally benefit the taxpayers. I also see that people are offended that this is going to the developement of an impractical sports car, ignoring the fact that the purpose is for technology developement. Historically, I am reminded that Henry Ford made his first fortune as a race car driver. After perfecting many of the technologies, he then invested in the Ford Motor Comapany that soon thereafter produced the Model T. To the point, I see a need for both budgets, and, in such a lean time, I also see the need to prioritise the budget. But lastly I need to ask, if the Finnish company is recieving a $529 loan, does that not imply that the money will be paid back? Hence if we wait, you may still get the opportunity to fix our roads. As for the discussion of transportation budget, I find your comments to be vague. Granted, we are looking at losing over $500 million in the transportation budget. But I have to ask, to what does that truly amount? In today's world, that just is not a lot of money. In these lean times, I can understand that you want to take money from one budget to suppliment another, but which investment will have the greater, long term impact?
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